Ray Wylock – Guitar
Ray began playing music at the age of 8. After attending Berklee College Of Music he
moved to Maine where he played lead guitar in various bands
throughout the New England area for over 30 years. Ray moved back to New York in 2011
and joined the Brothers of the Road Band at the request of long time friend Steve
Fernandez. After a long separation Ray and Steve are "back to where it all began"...
playing the music of the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts together once again.
Dan O'Connor - Drums
Dan began his musical journey at the tender age of 3 when his uncle placed a set of
headphones on his head and placed him on his knee behind a drum kit. The young uncle
proceeded to turn his nephew, during his impressionable years, onto the amazing music
being made at that time ( 60's & 70's )and to tell him of his personal experiences of
seeing some of the acts live and actually sitting in with one of them, The Allman Joys. At
the age of 9, Dan finally convinced his folks to take drum lessons and continued studying
though college, where he received a BA in performance from the Ithaca school of music.
His college band shortly there after, signed to a label and he received a sponsorship
from Tama drums.
Since then, he's played in many bands, playing many genres of music and most of the
time, those bands included and still include his brother on bass. One of which, did a tour
for the U.S. Troops stationed in Bosnia / Croatia during the late 90's.
Loving the sound that 2 drummer bands produce, like the Allman Brothers, Grateful
Dead, Doobie Brothers and Genesis, Dan is looking forward to creating this sound again.
Dave O'Connor - Bass, vocals
.Dave started playing the bass guitar at the age of 9. His roots are in the Jazz of Charles
Mingus and the like. His first few bands were Grateful Dead/Jam bands that embraced this
genre of music. Through undergraduate and (a few) graduate schools Dave was (and still
is) the front man for ’Starcode’, an indie pop rock band with a slant for the interesting jam.
Starcode has toured nationally and internationally. Dave also performs nationally as a
solo acoustic act. Additionally, he is a member of cover bands Infusion and Bigfoot
County along with with brother Dan O'Connor.
The music of the Allman Brothers have influenced his writing and performance style from
day one. His enthusiasm on stage echoes the peaks and intricacies of the jams he and
The Brothers of The Road bring to you.
Steve Fernandez - Guitar / Slide Guitar
Founder of The Brothers of The Road Band. “I heard Dickey Betts with the Allman Brothers
in 1973 bought a Gibson Les Paul and never stopped playing”. He studied jazz guitar and
composition at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in NY. His Allman Brothers
influences include Duane, Warren, & Derek and most obviously Dickey Betts. Besides his
73 Les Paul Deluxe Steve uses a Gibson 61 RI SG tuned in open E for slide,and a Gibson
57 RI Goldtop all played through Marshall and Soldano Amplifiers with vintage JBL
speakers. "Playing & studying this music for the past 40+ years has been an important part
of my life......especially the style of Dickey Betts during his years touring with Great
Southern. Considering he's(Dickey) no longer touring I hope in some small way I can bring
the essence of his playing and tone to our audience and help keep the spirit of his music
and The Allman Brothers alive."
- Todd Brennan - Lead Vocals
- Todd Brennan got his start singing in the church at a very young age and was soon
performing with gospel choirs and community ensembles as a featured vocalist. He later
became a member of the popular gospel quartet, “The Christ Sent Singers” where for 12
years, he performed Gospel Brunch at Sylvia’s famous soul food restaurant in Harlem,
NYC. The group was the opening act for “Gladys Knight” and “The Four Tops” at the
National Urban League Convention and was also featured in New York Magazine and CBS’
Channel 2 the people. Recently Todd was lead vocalist for the popular Westchester based
classic rock and soul review “Undercover”. Along with gospel, Todd’s first love is the blues.
Among his many influences,Todd lists Stevie Winwood, Robert Palmer and Gregg Allman
right up at the top. He has performed with many great blues players in the metropolitan
area and for a time ran a popular Blues Jam at Bennigan’s in Yonkers, NY. Todd now looks
forward to lending his soulful blues vocal style with The Brother’s of the Road Band. Todd
lives in Lindenhurst New York.
Chris Pagano - Drums
Chris began playing drums in his teens and has been drumming professionally for over
ten years. He studied privately on Long Island with Al Miller (Cab Calloway, Xaviar Cugat)
and went on to teach at his drum school. Chris’ influences include Butch Trucks, Jaimoe,
Yonrico Scott and Jeff Sipe, just to touch on an endless list. He began his gigging career
as a club date drummer and by the age of 18, Chris was spending summers playing eight
shows a week at Catskill Mountains resort hotels. As an active theatre musician, Chris can
be found constantly working, whether at local theatres or Off-Broadway shows. When
Chris was about 15, his uncle, drummer Peter Conn told him "If you really want to play the
drums, listen to some of this. He put on Jessica, we both sat down at different kits, played
along to the record and I was hooked”. A year or so later, Chris' dad, Ron, took him to his
first Allman Brothers concert, and they’ve been going together every year since then!
Most recently, Chris had the pleasure of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to study with Derek
Trucks' drummer, Yonrico Scott. Chris is from Bethpage, New York.
Rob Biggers - Keyboards, vocals
Rob began playing the accordion at age eight and moved to the piano and keyboards
around the time that bands like Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd and King Crimson were hot. Rob’s
influences include Dr John, Ray Manzarek, Chuck Lavell, Greg Allman, Rick Wakeman,
Keith Emerson and Bob Moog. Rob is a published songwriter and member of BMI and has
kept busy with a bunch of other musical endeavors which include – writing television and
cable jingles for clients including HBO, Fox, Scholastic and ESPN; Co-Owner of “Jamland”,
a full service music studio and networking facility for amateur musicians; Co-founder of
“Rock 2 Rebuild”, a non-profit, at-your-service volunteer organization producing live music
events to raise funds for local and global charities; Producer-at-Large for 107.1FM The
Peak and a contributing writer for “More Sugar” a Westchester and Putnam music and
entertainment magazine. Robs performance credits include playing in obscure and
unknown bands in places that include BB Kings, Bleeker Street’s Village Gate and Back
Fence, The Jupiter Civic Center, SUNY and other Northeast Campuses. Rob lives in
Cortlandt Manor, New York.
Turtle is a groove oriented percussionist, who has been playing for over 30 years. He
has studied hand drumming with master percussionist Roberto Arias, and drum set with
Drummadness founder Dean Lopes. He attended the Community College of Rhode
Island as a Jazz Studies major and in 1993 was awarded the Bobby Hacket Memorial Jazz
Scholarship. Turtle has performed with Brides of Jesus, The Kind, Sunshine Smokey &
The Rhythm Juice, Planet Groove, Restless Natives, Brother of the Road Band, Spiritual
Rez, The Alchemystics, Entrain & Rusted Root. For the last 18 years he has been
playing with, "Boston's new voice in acoustic rock", The Adam Ezra Group. With these
groups he has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such acts as The Dave
Matthews Band, The Goo Goo Dolls, Maceo Parker, Little Feat, The Wailers, Blues
Traveler, Ziggy Marley, Widespread Panic, and members of The Allman Brothers, The
Doors, Aerosmith, Phish and Dispatch. In his many recording projects, both with his own
groups and those with independent artists, Turtle has worked with some of the best in
the business including Allman Brothers producer Johnny Sandlin, The Fray producer
Aaron Johnson, legendary bass player David Hood and the incomparable Muscle Shoals